Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
• June 6, 2017 • Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
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Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
I received this book for free from Random House for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
First sentence: “I open my eyes at midnight to the sound of the ocean and my brother’s breathing. “
How do you not fall in love with a book that’s a love letter to, well, books? For a book reader, it’s hard.
What you get in Words in Deep Blue are: an ode to books, characters who are constantly surrounded by books and see love bloom in front of their eyes, a love of Prufrock, letters being exchanged between pages, a childhood friends becoming more, a loss that upends an entire world, and Australian lit that will make you yearn for more.
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I did a better job reading my TBR in May. I didn’t quite get to all of it, but that’s okay.
For those who do not know, Too Much TBR is a way to help me see which books I really need to read and tackle them. Is it effective? Perhaps. It helps a lot seeing a visual of the books on my TBR pile.
Let’s discuss what I read last month, and what I’m reading this month!
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The Refrigerator Monologues is for anyone who ever got upset at the way women were treated in comic shows, movies or books.
The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.
From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.
In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.
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I am deeply honored to be part of the Refrigerator Monologues blog tour. You combine Catherynne M. Valente’s writing with ladies in comics, I’ll be front and center with bells on!
I can write essays about all the super heroines I absolutely adore. I actually had a hard time pinpointing which ones are my all-time favorites. I just couldn’t narrow it down! They are equally awesome and my favorites. They’re all inspiring ladies.
There are four super heroines I hardcore adore to the point where I’ll be holding signs professing my love to them. They are forever in my heart.
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